BLACKSWAN’s Fatou Reveals SHINee Inspired Her To Become An Idol

“Green blood runs through me.”

BLACKSWAN’s Fatou recently sat down with Asia 101 and filmed a YouTube video where she shared some fun facts about herself. She talked about a lot, from her life in Senegal and Belgium to her feelings about being the leader of her group. Fatou also revealed she is a huge Shawol (SHINee fan) and explained how the group inspired her to become a K-Pop idol.

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When talking about her upbringing, Fatou shared that ever since she was little she always loved music. She explained that during her time in Senegal, due to music being a huge part of the culture, everything in her life involved it. Thus, she became infatuated with it and decided that her future would also be related to music.

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It wasn’t until she found SHINee, however, that she decided to become a K-Pop idol.

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SHINee’s impact on the K-Pop industry has been immense. The evidence of that lies within many of the 3rd and 4th generation idols that grace the stages of the industry today, as many of them have revealed the SM Entertainment group was the reason they became idols.

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Big names like TWICE‘s MOMO, Seventeen‘s Hoshi, TXT‘s Taehyun, and former IZ*ONE member Yena are only a few members of the roster that fans call “Shawol Idols.

Fatou said that SHINee made her “fall in love with the K-Pop genre” and “want to become a K-Pop artist and be in a K-Pop group.

There’s like a charm, something that just pulls you to it. I always knew I would do something with music, but I wasn’t sure…


The BLACKSWAN star revealed that it was specifically SHINee’s music that made her want to pursue being an idol as a career.

After seeing SHINee’s music I was like oh this one is it, I like it.


Shawols have known about Fatou’s love for their idol group and have happily welcomed her to the fandom. A video of her adorable (and relatable) reaction to “Replay” from last year made the rounds on Twitter, receiving lots of love from the fandom.

Ever the detectives, Shawols also found that Fatou follows all five members of SHINee (Jonghyun, Onew, Minho, Key, and Taemin) on Instagram! Further proof of her love and dedication to the group.

Fatou even responded to a fan on Twitter where she named SHINee as her favorite K-Pop group!

Source: Asia 101 by The Korea Herald